Cyclists need to be aware of the risks that they face whenever they ride around traffic. They can never let their guard down. Even places that feel relatively safe can lead to serious injuries in accidents.

For instance, a recent crash happened in Pacific Palisades, California, near the West Pacific Coast Highway. It appears that a car overturned in a parking lot and hit a cyclist. The traffic on the road itself was allowed to continue unimpeded, but the Los Angeles Fire Department did have to respond to the incident and found that the cyclist had critical injuries. They quickly rushed that cyclist to a medical center for emergency treatment.

The person in the car that flipped did not get hurt at all. Reports were unclear on what caused the vehicle to overturn in the first place and exactly how it struck the nearby cyclist. They did note that the accident occurred at 4:32 p.m., on a Tuesday, which is right around the time that rush-hour traffic peaks.

While riding your bike, even with safety gear on and in a relatively safe place, you need to remember that you still face serious risks. Drivers make all manner of avoidable mistakes and errors. One small mistake with a 4,000-pound car, no matter where it happens or what speed the vehicle is moving at, is enough to put a cyclist in the hospital.

If this does happen to you, you may wind up with significant medical bills, missed time at work and many other costs. Be sure you know all of the rights you have to financial compensation.